What's On in London's South Bank this November
There’s much more to November on London’s South Bank than gunpowder, treason and plot, despite its proximity to Westminster and Guy Fawkes’ political targets. Take a break from bonfires, fireworks and pennies for the Guy with a cultural escape beside the Thames; from film to festivals, cultural events to haute cuisine, there’s something for everyone on the South Bank this November!
BFI Southbank is bringing its own brand of fireworks to the big screen throughout October and November with its French Noir season, featuring a feast for Gallic movie gourmets, from Jules Dassin’s classic heist Rififi to Jean-Pierre Melville’s stylish Le Doulos, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo.
From the understated style of film noir to a very different type of cool, as House of Vans brings a series of high-kicking, world-saving free screenings to its 100-seater cinema in Waterloo tunnels. SuperHeroHype has everything from purists’ favourite Superman to geek pin-up Scott Pilgrim.
Revisit JK Rowling’s wizarding world on the UK’s largest cinema screen at the BFI Imax, with Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them on 18 November. Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne takes on the role of Newt Scamander, a Magizoologist in search of magical creatures to feature in his book, later to become required reading for Harry & Co at Hogwarts.
ARTS & CULTURE
Being A Man returns to the Southbank Centre to celebrate boys and men, and to consider what masculinity means in the 21st Century. Join speakers including Roger Moore and Professor Green to explore a range of topics, from fashion to fatherhood.
The boy who never grew up flies into the National Theatre in November as Sally Cookson’s Peter Pan opens following a sell-out run at Bristol Old Vic. Don’t miss this charming production, which is sure to delight the whole family!
Glenda Jackson returns to the London stage in the title role of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy. With a supporting cast including Celia Imrie and Jane Horrocks, this new production of King Lear at The Old Vic is set to be one of the theatrical events of the year – if not the decade!
The Imperial War Museum London showcases the work of Mahwish Chishty this autumn. Through silhouettes of military drones juxtaposed with Pakistani folk art, he explores the way military presence has become a feature of the physical, psychological and cultural landscape of his country.
SPECIAL EVENTS & FESTIVALS
Come in from the cold at Mondrian London and take advantage of its Winter Warmer room rates – 25% off when booking seven days in advance, with a slap-up breakfast in Sea Containers restaurant thrown in.
Searching for a warming pint of ale on a wintry night? Step into The Ten Bells – if you dare! The gloomy pub frequented by Jack the Ripper’s victims is recreated at the London Dungeon, so you can pull up a bar stool while the landlady tells you a murderous tale that will chill you to bone…
Netflix is partnering with Coca-Cola London Eye for the launch of its latest series. A programme of talks and Q&A sessions aboard the world’s tallest observation wheel allow you to meet the award-winning production team behind The Crown, a fascinating dramatisation of Queen Elizabeth II’s early reign.
From thigh-ticklers and soup-strainers to muttonchops and mustachios, the Florence Nightingale Museum celebrates the splendour of Victorian facial hair in its new exhibition The Age of The Beard. The programme includes talks, grooming sessions and a quiz, culminating in an adults-only panto – Bluebeard, of course!
Dazzle, the annual showcase of contemporary jewellery, returns to gallery@oxo this year. A stunning exhibition, featuring over 4000 beautiful, handmade pieces, it’s the perfect destination for the discerning Christmas shopper to pick up a unique gift for that special someone.
Come face-to-face with jellyfish, stingrays and other creatures of the deep at London Aquarium’s SEA LIFE After Dark events. These adults-only VIP late openings offer a glass of prosecco on arrival and a pop-up bar in the Pacific Wreck zone where you can enjoy a relaxing drink with the sharks!
For a boat trip with a difference, hop aboard with City Cruises and check into the Wam Bam Club! Your host, the glamorous Lady Alex, will introduce the cabaret, featuring titillating burlesque and breathtaking circus acts, while you enjoy a three-course dinner, wine, and dazzling views of London.
Present your MBNA Thames Clippers ticket – or simply mention MBNA Thames Clippers when you book – at Skylon restaurant to dine a la carte before 30 November and you’ll get a free glass of bubbly!
Take a gastronomic trip across London, from St Pauls to Brixton Market, with the OXO Tower Restaurant's ‘Not Afternoon Tea’. Created to mark the venue’s 20th birthday, it’s a foodie love letter to our favourite city – which you can gaze out upon as you enjoy delicious cocktails and scrummy treats.
For a London night out with a difference, why not drop into Primo Bar in Park Plaza Westminster Bridge to sample its signature Mojito? Here, live music throughout November – from soul to House, Bossa Nova to Funk – mingles with some of the most exotic cocktails served on the South Bank.
If your great days out start with a glass of bubbles, Skylon Sundays may just be a dream come true – for £15 you can add unlimited prosecco to your Sunday lunch, whether you go traditional with roast beef or suckling pig, or head off-piste with ricotta dumplings or pan-fried John Dory.
Where better to enjoy traditional afternoon tea than at a quintessential British hotel? Tea is served daily in the historic Library Lounge of the London Marriott Hotel County Hall, with a luxurious selection of sandwiches, cakes and pastries – plus, of course, a proper cuppa!